When it’s filled with 10,000 fans cheering the Hokies to victory in the last seconds of a basketball game, Cassell Coliseum is an amazing sight. But when it’s empty, the home of Virginia Tech basketball, volleyball, and wrestling shows its age. Built in the early 1960s, the coliseum is due for an extensive renovation.Plans call for a completely redesigned experience, including:
The New North
The new, expanded main concourse and upper concourse will be set behind the iconic structural arch at the front of Cassell and will introduce transparency at the main concourse level while emphasizing the buttresses as they meet the ground. This dramatic form will allow for visibility into the building, on three sides, highlighting activity within.
The New West
A new West Entrance will continue to serve as the primary entrance for fans from Beamer Way and the adjacent parking lots. From the outside, the new entrance will be visibly inviting to visitors as they enter Cassell.
The New Bowl
Upon entering the arena of Cassell Coliseum, visitors will be greeted with an eye-catching updated, modern look to the venue - one that still maintains the charm and atmosphere that fans have come to love and opponents have come to fear. Renovations will maintain Cassell’s intimacy while adding premium seating areas and visibility between the bowl and concourses.
The New Club
A waiting list for Courtside at Cassell has created a need for more premium seating within the venue. This renovation will meet that need, with an updated design that provides more options for donors, including added suites and a brand new club area.